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Judging the Bible in One"s Own Way
1Th 5:21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Gal 6:4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
This statement is understood, "Prove to yourself that which you teach and preach is correct so that you can rejoice in yourself that the Holy Spirit has taught you new Remas from God.
Our wisdom and knowledge in Gods word is not of ourself but from the Spirit that teaches us.
We cannot understand the Gospel with the carnal mind, it is Spiritually discerned.
Not taking joy from another mans work.
Prophecy, unlike the speaking in tongs, is for the un-believer that he may be turned from his path and to follow after Christ.
Not everyone that teaches prophecy has full insight into the scripture.
There we must be careful to prove them.
How do we prove them, according to scripture, we compare scripture with scripture.
Any interpretation that is contrary to scripture is to be view as sceptiable until proven wrong.
In other words we do not teach or preach, until we have proven to ourselves that what we teach or preach is true to the intent of the Holy Ghost concerning man.
As Far as prophecy being changed by the jews lets read about false christ that came to Israel before Christ.
Act 5:35-39;And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.
For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.
After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.
And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
As you can see in these passages, the prophecy of the Christ could not be changed.
Even John the Baptist could not change prophecy, even thou he had a great following, but instead preached, Mat 3:11-12;"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Going further he ask of Jesus," Mat 11:2-6;Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
" As you see, Judas of Galilee and neither Theudas, could change prophecy, why, because they didn't fulfill the prophecy to the letter.
So what was these passages stating?That John proved Jesus according to Scripture and prophecy.
[Knowing:2Pe_3:3; Rom_6:6, Rom_13:11; 1Ti_1:9; Jam_1:3 that:Rom_12:6] Rom 12:5-6;So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 2Pe 1:20-21;Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
This phrase proves that the Holy Ghost was already with man, teaching and bringing insight into the scripture.
Ye do well, as knowing this, that no scripture prophecy is of private interpretation - It is not any man's own word.
It is God, not the prophet himself, who thereby interprets things till then unknown.
It will be sufficient to remark, preparatory to endeavoring to ascertain the true sense of the passage, that some have held that it teaches that no prophecy can be interpreted of itself, but can be understood only by comparing it with the event; others, that it teaches that the prophets did not themselves understand what they wrote, but were mere passive organs under the dictation of the Holy Spirit to communicate to future times what they could not themselves explain; others, that it teaches that "no prophecy is of self-interpretation," (Horsley;) others, that it teaches that the prophecies, besides having a literal signification, have also a hidden and mystical sense which cannot be learned from the prophecies themselves, but is to be perceived by a special power of insight imparted by the Holy Spirit, enabling men to understand their recondite mysteries.
In other words, "let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith"; There are many that prophecy in their own name and others prophecy, not knowing the scripture.
Many others teach the Bible not being sent nor ordained by God and neither-have the insight of the Holy Spirit.
Here we must be careful to prove them, weather they be of God on not.
As in the days of the reformation and the prodistent church arrival, the Catholic Church then as today, preferred that only the priest interpreted scripture.
This is contrary to the intent of the Bible.
The Apostle Paul stated; Rom 12:6"Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;" 1Ti 4:14"Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
" 1Co 14:26 " How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation.
Let all things be done unto edifying.
" This last statement is concerning the difference in interpretation and revelation of the individual.
Paul has no problem with differences in interpretation nor revelation from each individual.
For he states ;"Neglect not the gift that is in thee".
So where does this difference in interpretation come from? The Holy Spirit.
As time goes by and we get closer to the return of Christ, we see many changes in the world status and a different interpretation and revelation must come out to explain the changes, in the state of man and the earth.
Remember that not only do we interpret the changes in man but also the changes in the earth itself.
These two things are tied together by prophecy.
In other words 50 years ago the Ministers of God could not understand what some of the prophecy's ment but as things changed the prophecy's and revelations had to change when situations also changed.
For example the establishment of the State of Israel from obscurity to becoming a nation again.
The best example of this is in Daniel, Dan 12:4"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
" Computers, Jets, Satilites, Communication from one country to another, etc.
We today interpret scripture, not for our own edification but for the edification of the Church Body.
"Let all things be done unto edifying.
" Gal 1:7-9Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Where I draw the line with some Ministers today, is when a Revelation or a New Rema Word from God is delivered to Men, some will try to sell the information, we have received freely and we are also to give freely, for the revelations come not from man but from God.
Act 8:19-21;Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Act 2:17-21And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:17-21 would be nullified if we were not able to receive insight, wisdom and knowledge today from the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, we are able to interpret Scripture, Have, Revelations, Dreams and Visions, of these end times that are true to the prophecy and intent of the Bible.